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Industry Experience

October 11, 2017 0 Comments
Industry Experience

Catch 22? Have you noticed that many job postings lay out a list of skills and also require, say, five years of industry experience? Ever wonder how the heck a college graduate manages to get hired? Do you assume they worked their way through school? Or perhaps you look for a valuable and long internship […]

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At the Top of the Skills Ladder

October 4, 2017 0 Comments
At the Top of the Skills Ladder

Skills I found some interesting information from the US Census Bureau. It seems that, according to their 2015 data, about 88% of adults have at least a high school diploma. For the purposes of this report, the adult population comprises those 25 years old and older. “We have already eliminated all jobs several times in […]

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What If We’re Wrong-Part 02

June 28, 2017 0 Comments
What If We’re Wrong-Part 02

Robots or Cobots? As many of you know, long before the mainstream business press jumped on the topic, I was fretting over the possibility of a major change in our economy. That change is, in my mind, driven by a lack of jobs due to automation. So will we lose the jobs or will we […]

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Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

May 3, 2017 0 Comments
Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Harari hits another home run. I love the subtitle of this book, A Brief History of Tomorrow. And Harari builds a solid case for his views of how the world of technology might blend with or destroy Homo Sapiens. His book is broken into three parts and takes us through human history (much more detail […]

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Try Leading and Not Managing

February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Try Leading and Not Managing

I’ll be frank, I don’t understand the question that comes up so frequently in my circles — “How do we manage the Millennials?” To me, it seems really straightforward. Somehow, people have confused themselves. You manage projects, you lead people. Try leading Millennials instead of managing them. Managing vs Leading There are several ways of distinguishing […]

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I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

February 1, 2017 5 Comments
I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

And I’m not feeling at all guilty about it. For more than 3 decades, I spent my professional career in the semiconductor business. I worked for large, state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturers. Arguably, semiconductor product development, specifically Integrated Circuits (IC), is what has driven the technology advances that have enabled job loss in the manufacturing sector. In […]

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Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

August 31, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

In his usual engaging style, Patrick Lencioni has expanded on his previous book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to show us how to make sure we find the ideal team player for our next hire. Through a parable he shows us how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues named as humble, hungry […]

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A Conundrum

August 17, 2016 0 Comments
A Conundrum

Conundrum: a confusing and difficult problem or question. Be Careful What You Ask For This falls into the “be careful what you ask for” column. This morning I was listening to a podcast about the economics of the movement for a $15/Hr. minimum wage. The movement has gained a bit of momentum and has the […]

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Hire When You Find Them

July 13, 2016 0 Comments
Hire When You Find Them

Much has been said recently about the dichotomy in our U.S. workforce. We seem to have a significant level of unemployed and “under employed” people, but a shortage of the folks we want/need. Ever since the great recession, folks have been worried about who to hire and when. In my view, this question has always […]

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Contingent

June 1, 2016 0 Comments
Contingent

Contingent: 1.) subject to chance. 2.) occurring or existing only if certain other circumstances are the case; dependent on. “Tucked away in the pages of a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is a startling statistic: 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers—that is, people who don’t have […]

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